Who may participate in Pilates?

Pilates is appropriate for any person, male or female of any age or fitness level. It is designed to allow you to work and progress at your own pace and comfort level. The range of Pilates’ enthusiasts go from professional dancer/athlete to amateur gardener. You do not need any prior athletic experience or flexibility to participate.


What is the recommended number of workouts in Pilates?

Given you are injury free, the optimal recommendations is 2 to 3 times a week. Particularly when just getting starting, your body must learn a new vocabulary therefore repetition is good. Remember consistency is the key, if after a period of training if you are regular with 1 time a week this can be adequate, as long as you are doing other types of exercise in addition to Pilates.


How many lessons do I need to complete before joining the semi-private group sessions?

In most cases a minimum of 10 to 20 private lessons is recommended before joining the semi-private sessions. You must need to demonstrate adequate knowledge of how to safely utilize the various beginner level apparatus independently.


Do I need to do an introductory lesson even if I have done Pilates before?

Yes, all new students must complete our introductory offer (unless approved by instructor). There is a great deal of variety and teaching protocols within the Pilates’ community, doing the introductory offer allows you the opportunity to get familiar with our studio, the work and teaching style in a safe environment.


What kind of results can I expect from Pilates?

Our clients have demonstrated increased energy, improved postural alignment, better sleeping patterns, heightened core strength and increased joint mobility, improved muscular tone and balance, decreased in chronic injuries particularly back pain, and overall enhanced wellbeing. Many clients have seen a change in clothing size and waist circumference. However, progress is different for each person and based on multiple factors. Some of the determining elements include consistency in training, age, current fitness level, prior exercise or dance experience, ability to assimilate Pilates exercises, and the drive to learn something new.


May I do Pilates when I have a back problem or other injury?

If you have been recently injured we recommend you obtain a release from your doctor to participate. We also recommend consulting with a physical therapist. That said, Pilates is designed to increase stability, stretch, strength and bring balance back to the body, therefore it is particular beneficial pre and post injury.  It is necessary for your trainer to be advised of your injuries prior to a session.


May I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

This list of FAQ and any other recommendations on our website is not intended as medical advice nor should it be substituted for such. Please consult your physician and obtain a medical release prior to participation in any physical exercise program. It is our experience that for women currently enrolled and actively participating in Pilates for a minimum of 1-year consistent practice may continue to study. If you have never studied Pilates it is not advisable to begin a program during pregnancy. We have extensive experience working with clients throughout their pregnancy. The workouts change as the body experiences change, private sessions allow for the most flexibility in this process. However, certain dedicated students have also found success in group classes. These individuals were already attending classes for a number of years at our studio.


What is the proper attire for a Pilates session?

We recommend normal workout gear that does not include baggy or very loose fitting components. Preferably close fitting apparel both in order to see the body alignment but also to prevent damage or entanglement in equipment. No jewelry or watches are allowed on the equipment. Shoes are not necessary.


Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

Clients have lost weight while participating in our Pilates training. However, we strongly recommend a program of regular cardiovascular exercise, proper sleep, attention to your mental health, nutritious diet of “real food” and Pilates as a winning combination for a healthy lifestyle. Our clients and many others have seen very positive weight loss results by following the scientific work on diet and nutrition of Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories Bad Calories.


Why is Pilates instruction expensive?

Our studio adheres to the Classical method of Pilates instruction. All our trainers have been certified by Power Pilates based in New York City. Trainers have received over 700 hours of training and studying the technique. All trainers must maintain annual continuing education training in order to maintain their certifications. Krisna Hanks heads our teacher-training program. She holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and supervises all trainers at the studio. We believe taking care of your health is an investment, not an expense. Health = Wealth.


How is Pilates different from yoga?

Pilates is a dynamic systematic program of movement training. It emphasizes core strength, stretch, stamina and stability. For a more in-depth review of core strength see this blog post. Yoga has a greater focus on passive stretching and flexibility. Classical Pilates is uniquely designed to bring balance into the body through movement not simply the holding of postures, which is more akin to yoga. Joseph Pilates did incorporate many styles of training in the original work, including yoga, gymnastics, weight training and other forms of movement. This is why we adhere to the Classical method of Pilates, a total body workout.


Is it possible to learn Pilates from a video?

While you may be able to follow an instructor online or with a video, you will not receive any personalized instruction. In both private sessions and our group classes East Bay Pilates trainers offer individual cues and corrections to fit your specific body and level of training. If after some period of studying Pilates you would like to supplement your training with a quality video this can be a good way to get in additional workouts.